Professor Sociology, African & African American Studies and Women's Studies; Coordinator, African & African American Studies Program
Years at Northeastern Illinois University: 1975 to present
- Ph.D., Sociology, 1988, Northwestern University
- M.Ph., Community College Education, 1975, Roosevelt University
- M.A., Sociology, 1975, Roosevelt University
- B.A., Sociology, 1971, Roosevelt University
By most definitions I am a generalist. However, I have strong interests in a number of areas including HIV/AIDS in Black Communities, institutional racism, Black migration and patterns of residential settlement, Black Folk Lore, African Cultural Continuities in African American Families, Black Women and Upward Mobility, and Media and Society. Indeed, one of my long-time teaching interests has revolved around the use of media, especially literature and film, in teaching sociology and an ongoing research interest in the sociological relationships within and between modern media and modern culture. In particular, I am interested in what popular culture and the media tell us about the social structures (especially race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and generational differences), the social processes, and the everyday life of postmodern American society.
Marriages and Families, Africana (aka Black) Women's Studies, Sociology of Racism, Race and Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Gender; Social Inequalities; Social Justice and Resistance; Race, Racism and White Privilege; Popular Culture, Critical Race Theory, Feminist/Womanist Theory, and HIV/AIDS in African American Communities. I have also developed and teach a course annually entitled: African American Women: Feminism, Race and Resistance.
Current Research Activities
- Co-editing (with Marcia Segal) 6th edition of Race, Gender, and Class in Sociology:Toward an Inclusive Curriculum. Washington, DC: The American Sociological Association Press.
- Collecting data on Parents with Adult Children Living at Home
- Conducting Case Studies of African American Women Living With HIV/AIDS
- Working on a series of edited white papers on the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Black Community
- Schwartz, Mary Ann and Scott, BarBara M. 2007. Marriages and Families: Diversity and Change. 5th edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
- Scott, BarBara M. and Schwartz, M.A. 2006. Sociology: Making Sense of the Social World. 2nd edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
- Lemelle, Anthony, Jr., and Scott, BarBara M. 2006. "African American HIV/AIDS and Social Institutions: New Realities Calling for New Policies." In Juan Battle, Michael Bennett, and Anthony Lemelle (Eds.), Free At Last?: Black America in the Twenty-First Century. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction. pp. 103-126.
- Scott, BarBara, Misra, Joya, & Segal, Marcia. 2003. Race, Gender, and Class in Sociology:Toward an Inclusive Curriculum. (5th ed.). Washington, DC: The American Sociological Association Press.
- Annual Workshop. 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. "Teaching Sociology Through Literature and Film." Midwest Sociological Society, Midwest Sociologists for Women in Society Annual Meetings.
- Organizer/Presider. 2005. "Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in the Media." Midwest Sociological Society, Midwest Sociologists for Women in Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
- Staged Reading and Discussion (with Martha Thompson). 2005. "Working Class Women Sleuths Clean Up!!-Blanche White Meets Lily Bard: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Women's Dectective Fiction." Midwest Sociological Society, Midwest Sociologists for Women in Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
- Symposium Participant. 2003. "HIV/AIDS Intervention for Women with Multiple Sexual Partners Living in Impoverished Housing." University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, Hefter Center.
Recent Professional Service and Community Involvement
- President (2005-2006), Association of Black Sociologists
- Co-Chair (Current), NEIU Presidential Task Force on the Millennium Student
- Volunteer Faculty, St. Leonard's Alternative High School for Ex-Offenders
- Member, Links, Inc. Services to African American Youth Projects
- Mentor, Northeastern Illinois University, Minority Mentor Program
- Mentor, Sister-to-Sister Mentor Advisory Group
- Chair, Advisory Committee on Student Retention, Northeastern Illinois University
- Board Member: Ora Higgins Youth Foundation
- Member, American Sociological Association; Midwest Sociological Society; and Midwest Sociologists for Women in Society (MSWS)